CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
2018, Fox Searchlight, 106 min, USA, Dir: Marielle Heller

Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). “It is a fiercely composed, historically informed, and richly textured film, as insightful regarding the particularities of the protagonist as it is on the artistic life - and on the life of its times.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker.


WITHNAIL & I
1987, Cineplex-Odeon Films, 107 min, UK, Dir: Bruce Robinson

This black-comedy gem, produced by George Harrison's HandMade Films, stars Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann in the title roles as rarely employed but often inebriated actor friends who decide to escape the squalor of their Camden flat for a weekend at a country cottage owned by Withnail’s gay Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). Filled with wonderful period details (the film is set in 1969) and hilariously quotable dialogue, WITHNAIL & I ranks among the best British films of the last 30 years.


DOM HEMINGWAY
2014, Fox Searchlight, 93 min, UK, Dir: Richard Shepard

Jude Law plays the title character, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse. After 12 years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime (Richard E. Grant) to collect what he's owed for shielding his boss (Demian Bichir). Dom also tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the underworld.


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